Plant Proof - Plant Based Nutrition & Inspirational Stories

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The Plant Proof podcast, hosted by Simon Hill, is about connecting with like-minded & inspirational people to share their story, advice and experience. By listening to their stories together we can become more mindful & conscious of how we are living our own lives and the impact everyday decisions have on our health, the animals we share this planet with & the planet itself.


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EPISODES LIST

Forget diet fads, how do the longest living people eat? Featuring Dr Renae Thomas, MD

In Episode 59 I sat down with Dr Renae Thomas, MD who is is a Physician working in Loma Linda California, one of the Blue Zone populations that display incredible longevity and high quality of life. This is a really important podcast - sometimes in nutritional science we can become too reductionist and zoom in on potential mechanisms without appreciating the complexities of human-beings. Observational data from people displaying longevity, happiness and a high quality of life serve as a reminder that sometimes we need to Zoom Out and look to those who are living proof of what it means to be healthy. If you want to hear from an actual expert (a qualified Medical Doctor) talk about longevity and how to eat to avoid disease then you will love this episode. IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: • Where Renee grew up • Her journey to Medical School • Why she developed an interest in the role of food and medicine • Why it's like working in Loma Linda, California • What the Blue Zones are? • Seventh Adventist's and the AHS studies - how vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores compare in terms of health outcomes and mortality • Typical clinical patient presentations in this population of Seventh Adventist's • Contrasting populations nearby who have different lifestyles • The type of diet that seventh adventists eat • Renee's thoughts on the Ketogenic/High fat style diets and whether they are supported by science • and much much more RESOURCES: Blue Zones website & books Renae's website AHS population studies: Vegetarian diets in the Adventist Health Study 2: a review of initial published findings Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2 Beyond meatless, the health effects of vegan diets: findings from the Adventist cohorts. Vegetarian diets and incidence of diabetes in the Adventist Health Study-2 If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode friends. Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information

03.15.2019

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes with Dr Neal Barnard

We can reverse Type 2 diabetes. In Episode 58 I sit down with Dr Neal Barnard, one of the pioneers of lifestyle medicine, and break down the process by which people become insulin resistant and how we can eat to avoid or even reverse Type 2 Diabetes. In this episode we cover: • Neal's journey into medicine • His family connection to farming and animal slaughter • His personal transition to a plant based diet • His clinical experience with Type 2 Diabetes • The clinical trials on Type 2 Diabetes and Nutrition he has run and published (low fat plant based diet versus the conventional recommended Diabetes diet) • The idea of reversing Type 2 Diabetes • Cheese and disease • Carbohydrates and sugar (thermic effect) • Intramyocellular Lipids • Coconut & Palm Oil • Nutrition to manage & reverse insulin resistance • Lifespan of people with Type 2 Diabetes and complications • Atkins/Ketogenic/Low carb diet and Type 2 Diabetes • Calcium as a nutrient of importance • Supplements • Mediterranean Diet - Ancel Keys • Added Oils • Transitioning patients to a low fat plant based diet & monitoring their medications • and much more Resources: Does Sugar cause diabetes? Diabetes Myths Vegetarian & vegan diets protect against Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes Dr Neal Barnard's 74 week Randomised Controlled Trial with Type 2 diabetics and a low at plant based diet Ancel Keys & the Mediterranean Diet Doctor's For Nutrition website If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode friends. Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information

03.08.2019

Protecting the innocent with Carly Taylor & James Aspey

Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see. In Episode 57 I sit down with Carly Taylor & James Aspey to talk about animal activism and talk about the importance of being patient, kind and understanding when communicating the 'vegan' message. For those of you who may be more interested in the health aspects of a plant-based lifestyle, or perhaps see 'vegan's as extreme, I urge you to listen to this conversation - I think it just may give you a different view of veganism. IN THIS EPISODE WE COVER: • Carly's personal story - where she grew up, what life was like, why she transitioned to a plant based diet and why veganism is so important to her • Carly's typical day on a plate • Supplements Carly takes • Carly's idea of Pre-Vegans • Strategy for talking to others about the ethics of veganism • Human Rights, Mental Health, Animal Health/Rights and Planetary Health • The idea of 'humane' slaughter, organic, free-range, cage-free etc • Packaging of animal products on shelf & marketing angles • Fuelling yourself on plants in 2019 - options for everyone (junk food versus whole food) • Importance of the Lifestyle Medicine Doctor's encouraging plant based nutrition • A plethora of resources to refer to for more information & inspiration • Plans James & Carly have for 2019 and beyond • and much much more during this 2.5 hour conversation *NOTE: although this podcast doesn't go into as much detail about factory farming as my previous podcast with James Aspey when he shared his story, there is still some talk about what happens to animals. So with that in mind, perhaps one parents want to listen to first before deciding if it's ok for their juniors to listen. I personally think there are so many powerful messages in this for our children to hear - whether via directly listening or being given a summary appropriate to their age and personality etc RESOURCES: Footage: watch1000eyes.com aussiefarms.org watchdominion.com https://speciesismthemovie.com Youtube videos: James' speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHOcox2lvQo Gary Yourofsky's speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4 Earthling Ed's speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3u7hXpOm58 Erin Janus' dairy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcN7SGGoCNI Kid friendly videos (Bite Size Vegan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDEc87fomio&list=PLmIqdlomtuStMwQ9KWEE8Nn5GyK6vNqz2 Recipes: BOSH: bosh.tv Forks Over Knives: https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/ Plant Proof: Recipes Page Assistance going vegan: Challenge22.com Veganuary.com Netflix documentaries: Forks Over Knives What The Health Cowspiracy Books: World Peace Diet Eternal Treblinka What a fish knows by Jonathan Balcombe How Not to Die - Dr. Michael Greger Proteinaholic - Dr. Garth Davis And of course keep your eye out for the Plant Proof book I'm publishing with Penguin at the very start of 2020 (all profits being donated to charity) Activism resources: CarnismDebunked.com EarthlingEd.com/eBook To follow these guys and see what they're up to connect with Carly & James on Instagram. Studies spoken about in the intro: Fibre study in the Lancet Eat Lancet Diet for Planetary Health If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or...

03.02.2019

Addressing gut health issues with leading Gastroenterologist Dr Alan Desmond

In Episode 56 I sit down with Gastroenterologist Dr Alan Desmond to talk about restoring and maintaining good digestive health with healthy eating habits. With digestive health issues like IBS, IBD, Coeliac and SIBO on the rise globally understanding how to take control of your own gut health is enormously important. In this episode we specifically covered: • How Alan ended up in the Medical world & what his training was like • Why he has a passion for gut health and what fascinates him about this area of medical practice • Lots and lots of scientific evidence to support health eating habits • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Chron's & Ulcerative colitis), colon cancer, IBS, SIBO • Specific studies on IBD and a Whole Food Plant Based Diet • What foods he recommends his patients and the general population eat more of and what he recommends people eat less of • What the typical western diet looks like compared to optimal diet for gut health • What he makes of various mainstream eating trends like paleo & keto and what scientific evidence supports these methods of eating from a gut health perspective or other • Veganism and gut health issues • Lectins and the 'Plant Paradox' • Low fibre diets • Artificial sweeteners and emulsifeiers • Probiotics & prebiotics • Tips for healthfully transitioning to a diet richer in plants and managing an increase in fibre • Bowel movements & frequency: what is indicative of good health • and loads more It's a jam packed episode friends. I always say this but either bring a note pad to your first listening session or come back with a notepad when you listen to it for a second time. If you haven't already please connect with Alan on Instagram. He posts loads and loads of science and helpful tips every week that you will greatly benefit from (I know I do!). If you enjoyed this episode and want further info on gut health I highly recommend Episode 17 that I recorded previously with my good friend Dr Will Bulciewisz. Resources: Here is a bunch of studies and other resources that Alan and I spoke about in this episode. 1 - EAT Lancet Report on eating for human health & planetary health 2 - Health Canada's 2019 food recommendations 3 - 2019 Lancet study on fibre and health outcomes 4 - Happy Gut course with Happy pear (Use the code PLANTPROOF20 which will give you 20% off their course) 5 - 2019 BMJ study on fat intake and gut microbiome diversity (spoken about in outro) REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Alan WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Simon Hill Creator of plantproof.com - your 100% free resource for Plant Based Information

02.22.2019

Turning life challenges into life purpose with superstar Adidas Trainer Tanya Poppett

In Episode 55 I sat down with superstar Adidas trainer Tanya Poppett about her journey into the world of health & fitness, and in particular how challenges with body image in her teenage years spurred her into the woman she is today. Specifically we covered: • Her life as a child including what her interests were, what she ate, where she grew up etc • Her relationship with food and exercise with specifics around a time in her teenage years where she felt a lot of pressure around the way she looked • Her diet - how and why this has changed over time • What she thought about vegans before making changes to her plate • How her change in diet was received by her partner and family • Her philosophy on exercise, training and creating healthy habits • Creating sustainable exercise habits • The importance of being open minded when it comes to the way we live our lives and in particular training and different forms of exercise • and much more If you haven't connected with Tanya you can find her on Instagram If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode friends. Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information

02.14.2019

Why Erin Ireland turned her company vegan

In Episode 54 I sat down with Erin Ireland and spoke about why she personally transitioned to a vegan lifestyle and how this affected her business. On top of that we speak about her daughter Roen's diet and the common questions she gets about raising a vegan child from birth. In this episode we covered • What she's been up to in Sydney and her favourite places she's eaten at • What life was like for Erin growing • What Vancouver is like as a city including the vegan scene • The foods she ate as a kid • Why she eventually changed the foods on her plate • How her personal lifestyle changes have influenced those around her • The ins and outs of her baking business and how this changed when she transitioned to a vegan lifestyle • The biggest hurdles during her personal and business transition • Tips for anyone transitioning to plant based or vegan foods • Her daughter Roen's diet and any associated challenges socially • Common questions Erin gets about Roen's diet including supplements, foods, breast feeding etc. • and much much more RESOURCES: Erin's website It's To Die For Erin's Vancouver Vegan Eats Recommendations Where to get Erin's Banana Bread Heart Beets Run Club in Vancouver Transitioning to a plant based lifestyle in 5 hours per Erin's recommendations. Set up a binge watching afternoon and get through the below (invite your friends or family over that are interested too and make a day/night of it). Conspiracy Earthlingsor Dominion What the Health Science from intro to think about: Egg Board article about Just Mayo: Read here Meta Analysis looking at the effect of Dietary Cholesterol on Serum Cholesterol (full paper) Swapping Saturated fats for Unsaturated or Unrefined carbohydrates to lower disease risk: Read a summary here of what I mentioned in the intro. Australian Podcast Awards: If you have one or two minutes I would love your support by voting for the Plant Proof show here. It takes a few minutes (you do need to verify your email for it to submit). Thank you in advance friends. REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Erin @erinireland WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts(note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Simon Hill For more information on plant based nutrition visit plantproof.com

02.09.2019

PRO bodybuilder Torre Washington has built his body with plants

In Episode 53 I sat down with Torre Washington to talk about his journey and in particular how he got into Body Building and what it's like being a vegan bodybuilder. Torre and I were meaning to do this episode in the USA however our world's collided a little earlier so we recorded it in Byron Bay whilst hanging out and producing some really cool content for Centr which is Chris Hemsworth's new health & fitness program. If you are looking for some new motivation for your fitness, mindfulness and eating then you will absolutely love Chris' program - it's extremely well put together and I feel very lucky to be a part of it as one of his handpicked experts. Of course my focus is on plant based food! Anyway, we digress. In this conversation we cover: • Bit about some of the places we ate during our time in Byron Bay • Torre's childhood years (what life was like for him etc) • His blood lines and what the Rastafari culture means to him • What his diet was like growing up • What his diet is like now (and yes I ask the infamous question about protein) • When and why he got interested in working out • His journey to becoming a PRO bodybuilder • Why a vegan diet is important to him • Coexisting with non vegans • and much much more REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Benny Cristo WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts(note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Simon Hill Creator of plantproof.com - your 100% free resource for Plant Based Information

02.01.2019

Optimising your performance with Nike Master Trainer Joe Holder

In Episode 52 I sat down with Joe Holder, founder of Ocho System, who is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to exercise optimisation and "levelling up" so you can adopt a mindset that allows you to achieve the the performance and physique goals you desire. Strap yourself in...this one is damn interesting! In our conversation we spoke about: • Joe's days growing up in New Jersey & his time at University in Pennsylvania as a college footballer • The impact his family, in particular his parents, had on his beliefs & values • His passion for sport • How getting injured changed his perspective on healing & performance and ultimately helped him develop his love for health • The Ocho System and what his philosophies are on training and mindset • His thoughts around exercise induced inflammation & recovery • Being a Nike master trainer • Training Victoria's Secret models • His transition to a plant based diet • His typical day of eating and thoughts on supplementation • Types of exercise he recommends for other people looking to get active • Establishing a positive mindset and being motivated to train • and so much more Review/Share: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proofand Joe @ochosystem Where to listen to Plant Proof Podcast? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts(note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Simon Hill (Creator of plantproof.com - check it out for 100% free plant based nutrition information)

01.25.2019

Why Pop Star Benny Cristovao changed the food on his plate

In Episode 51 I had the absolute privilege of sitting down with European Pop sensation Ben Cristovao or "Benny Cristo" as he goes by. On surface level Ben is a man with an extreme amount of raw talent and a strong work ethic and steel like determination that allows him to fulfil his potential. But despite his impressive resume of achievements, what left a lasting impression on me from this conversation, is Ben's thought processes and overall state of consciousness. He has an incredible story and where many would be sidetracked by the notoriety of the pop music industry, Ben is using his influence to leave a positive mark on the world. IN THIS EPISODE WE COVER: • Where Ben grew up in Europe and his blood lines • What his diet was like as a kid • How he got into singing • His achievements as a music artist and athlete • The moment he decided to change what was on his plate • Typical foods he eats • Social media and how he uses it to spark conversations and promote positive change amongst his community • and much much more REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Benny Cristo WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts(note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Simon

01.16.2019

How much of your belief system is made up of your own beliefs with show host & creator of Plant Proof Simon Hill

In Episode 50 I sat down with good friend Will Dalton to chat about aspects of my life including what inspired me to transition to a plant based lifestyle and ultimately start Plant Proof. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of you who have followed the Plant Proof journey over the past 12 months, and become part of what is a really incredible community that continues to inspire me daily, you will know that I don't actually like to share a whole lot about myself. I've never been one to want to over share on social media but given the growth of Plant Proof I appreciate that many of you will want to get to know me better, and rightly so! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When Will and I sat down we literally started recording with zero format, plans or notes. Everything you hear is completely off the cuff... just how we normally would chat over a coffee after some soft sand lands and a swim at North Bondi. So here it is, a very raw and most likely slightly awkward episode (I much prefer leading the conversation than being asked questions) - I hope it gives you a bit more insight into how I think. Be sure to listen all the way to the end including my outro at the very end of the episode after Will and I finish talking where I offer some more insight into a few things to close out the conversation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I mentioned in this episode my commitment is to jump on the other side of the conversation every 50 episodes (Episode 50, 100,150, 200 etc) for as long as the show is around to continue to share more about myself. Of course, you'll get little glimpses every episode too! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lastly, what can you expect from the Plant Proof podcast in 2019? Well I certainly plan to continue with the show and I am incredibly excited about the calibre of guests I have already recorded future episodes with (look out for episodes with @bennycristro, @ochosystem and @erinireland) and have lined up for the coming months (lots of Doctor's, athletes, nutritionists, parents and even a few movie stars). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't want to give away too much other than that I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be host of the show in 2018 and in 2019 my ongoing aim is to bring each and every one of you more and more value to help inspire & provoke positive thoughts and change in your own lives. Part of this will be changing the format of the show from time to time - for me becoming a better interviewer and getting more creative with the audio experience is incredibly exciting and it's this challenge to better your experience each week that's driving me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Friends it's been an absolute pleasure sharing information so far. Thanks for inspiring me. Hope you enjoy the episode. If you do I would love to hear from you - shoot me a message on Instagram @plant_proof or tag me in your Instagram story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reviews are really important: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Where to listen to the Plant Proof podcast? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource...

01.11.2019

From calorie restriction to eating with abundance with Cherie Tu from @thrivingonplants

In Episode 49 I sat down with a friend of mine, Cherie Tu, who also lives in Sydney and runs the enormous @thrivingonplants community on Instagram and You Tube. In this episode we covered: • Cheries' favourite places to eat in Sydney • Her blood lines and childhood years including the food she ate • When her passion for cooking started • When and why she became interested in health • Why she started calorie counting • How she discovered a plant based lifestyle and what motivated her to try it out • How her friends and parents reacted to her change in food selection • How her decision to remove animal products from her plate has influenced those around her • When and why she started posting food on Instagram • The evolution of her instagram profile and what she has done and still does to build an engaged community • How she developed new recipes and some behind the scenes information on equipment used, software etc • Advice for people starting food blogging • Challenges associated with running her business through social media • Her e-book and new book coming out • When and how she met her boyfriend Kai • What Kai's diet is like • Her passion for working out and what her training program looks like • How she stays motivated to train consistently • Her staple foods at home • What a regular day on her plate looks like • Some other bigger picture issues that she is passionate about including fast fashion and sustainability • Plans for the future • and much much more Cafes/Restaurants we spoke about in Sydney: • O Bar & Dining • World Vegan • An Nhien • Gigi's Balmain If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode friends. Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information

01.05.2019

Popular Vegan influencer Tess Begg on her journey to Veganism & creating content online

Episode 48 with Tess Begg is perhaps one of my favourite conversations to date. Tess is in her early 20's and isn't afraid to tell it how it is. Her life so far has been anything but rosy and I love the fact she owns these hardships and openly talks about how they led her to where she is now. In this episode Tess speaks candidly about how she navigated her way through through her teenage years and despite having instability at home and getting caught up in the wrong social circles was able to seperate her true values & beliefs from those 'handed' to use by society. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Specifically we covered: • Where Tess grew up • What family life was like and her childhood diet • What her teenage and high school years were like • Hanging out in the wrong crowds • Smoking and drugs • Why she transitioned to a vegan diet • What her vegan diet was like initially and how it has changed • Blood test results • Supplements with some specifics around Iron, B12 and Iodine • Why Tess creates content for social media • How long it takes her to create content • Generating an income from social media • Her thoughts on separating social media from her own personal life and 'offline time' • Tess' vegan treat business • What Tess would like to do in the future⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you haven't connected with Tess you can find her on Instagram and You Tube - her posts are sure to provide you with further inspiration for the plant based meals you create at home! Resources: Want to know more about supplement and blood tests? Read the below blogs at plantproof.com • Blood Tests • Supplements & Nutrients If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode friends. Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information

12.28.2018

The damage caused by ocean plastics and what we can do with Environmentalist Tim Silverwood

In Episode 47 I sat down with Environmentalist and fellow Aussie ocean lover Tim Silverwood. Tim is the Co-Founder of Take 3 an organisation that encourages people to collect rubbish and dispose of it correctly. He has also recently featured in the documentary 'Blue' and is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to where we are going wrong in terms of damaging this planet and what we can all do to fix it! Get ready folks... some of the statistics around the damage we have caused is mind blowing! In this episode we covered: • Tim's childhood • How he found a love for protecting the planet • How he got involved with Take 3 and became a Co-Founder of this charity • The documentary Blue including information about the key topics it covers • What are ocean plastics and what is the REAL problem we are faced with? • Is the damage reversible? • What are micro plastics? • Is ingesting micro-plastics dangerous? • Plastics in drinking water and soil • Banning single use plastics in Australia • Statistics about the destruction ocean plastics have caused and what they are projected to cause • Are there certain areas of the world who are contributing more to the industrialisation of the ocean • What we can ALL do to help the planet regenerate, perhaps even reverse damage, and prevent further destruction • The Take 3 charity and what it's mission is • and much much more If you care about the ocean and the entire planet earth ecosystem then you need to kick up a chair and listen to this. Speaking personally this conversation got me thinking about a number of things that I can do to help our planet. If you know anyone else in this space that has an important message to share around the preservation of our planet please shoot me a DM on Instagram (@plant_proof) or email simon@plantproof.com - this is a topic I am very passionate about and am going to continue discussing on the show. Resources: Take 3 website Take 3 Instagram Tim Silverwood Instagram Blue The Film If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Podcasts (note: use the google podcast app not google play), Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotifyso you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode friends. Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com - your FREE resource for plant based nutrition information

12.22.2018

From Heart Attack to Ironman with Adam Guthrie

In Episode 46 I sat down with Adam Guthrie to share his journey which at one point saw him in a critical care hospital literally fearing for his life. I first met Adam in Ubud, Bali earlier this year and I since the day I heard his story I knew I had to share it with the Plant Proof community. In this episode we cover: • Adam's childhood years • His diet growing up • Why he initially transitioned to a vegetarian diet • His heart attack • His experience with the Western medical system after his Heart Attack • How he took control of his health • His transition to a plant based diet • What his diet looks like • His Ironman journey - Why he was motivated to do it and what the training and event looked like for him • How he is working with people in his community to better there health • The I Feel Good Magazine • and much more I love giving you guys value. So with that in mind I negotiated a 12 month FREE subscription to Adam's magazine 'I Feel Good'. If you head to the iTunes App Store and search I Feel Good Magazine you can download the app for free. Then once downloaded, open the app up, click 'subscribe' and then enter '12MonthsFree'. No credit card details required, simply free access to a tonne of recipes and plant based information for 12 months. If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Adam @adamguthrie @ifeelgoodmagazine Simon

12.19.2018
12.15.2018

Being Earthy Andy - What it's like being a vegan Mother & internet sensation with over 1 million followers

Episode 44 I caught up with Andrea, or Earthy Andy as you may know her as, on the North Shore of Oahu. Andy was in the final few weeks of her pregnancy (has since had baby Nalu) so it was such an amazing effort for her to sit through quite a long recording! In this episode we covered: • What its like to live in North Shore, Hawaii • Where she grew up • What her early years were like including her family, sports & what she ate • How and where she met Shem • When and what inspired her to make changes to the food she was eating • How she hid her instagram account initially from anyone she knew including her family • What Shem thought of her moving to a plant based lifestyle • How her pregnancy is going as a vegan mother • Breastfeeding • What's a normal day look like for her family now including the types of foods they eat • Whether their doctors are supportive of the way they live • If they take any supplements • The role of social media in her life and setting boundaries • Her kids and technology/gadgets • Her kids and the foods they eat. • How she teaches them about the foods they eat to hopefully prevent them rebelling • How she has encouraged her kids to try new foods • Being a parent and tips for raising conscious, loving kids • and much much more And if you want to get some reusable coconut bowls and cutlery etc checkout my good friends business Coconut Bowls If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Andy @earthyandy Simon Hill Creator of Plantproof.com

12.09.2018

Improving America's health with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

In Episode 43 I sat down with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to chat about his personal health journey, including being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and the work he is doing at the Brooklyn community level. Eric is a former NYPD Police Officer and New York State Senator. An extremely well versed man who I am truly grateful that I got to connect with while I was in New York recently. In this episode we cover: • Eric's childhood including his diet • Eric's time in the New York Police Department • When he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and what he was told regarding his prognosis • What his typical diet was in his adulthood before being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes • Why he changed his diet and how this affected his diabetes management and quality of life • The medications he was told he had to take for life and what he's been able to do with these since changing his eating habits • The work he is doing at a community level in Brooklyn, including his work with Dr Michelle McMacken, and how this can be used as a blueprint for other parts of the USA and communities globally If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proofand Eric @bpericadams Simon Hill

12.05.2018

Pro Surfer & Vegan Mother Alana Blanchard on her journey

In Episode 42 I caught up with Pro Surfer and Vegan mother Alana Blanchard in Kauai, Hawaii. From just 8 years old Alana had a dream and dedicated her life to turning it into reality. In this episode we cover: • What Alana's childhood in Kauai was like • Where she likes to surf in kauai • What kinds of food she ate as a kid • Her dream to become a Pro Surfer from around age 8 and who she was inspired by • Home schooling • Her relationship with Bethany Hamilton and what they were like as kids • The shark attack incident & how that affected her • The movie Soul Surfer that covered Bethany & Alana's story and meeting Jack Nicholson • Bethany's journey to getting back in the water and learning to surf again • Bethany's new documentary 'Unstoppable' covering her life story • Sharks and if Alana ever fears them • Scariest waves she has surfed • What being a PRO surfer means and how they earn an income • Her favourite surf break • Why she follows a plant based diet and what vegan pillars are important to her • Her typical day of eating • What her partner Jack Freestone (also a PRO surfer) eats • Her pregnancy experience as a vegan:what she ate, what food aversions she had and what she supplemented with • How receptive Doctor's were during her pregnancy to the way she was eating • What resources she used to help her during her pregnancy including Dr Michael Klapper • How her baby son Banks is doing and her experience breast-feeding • Tips for increasing breastmilk supply • How long she plans to breastfeed • Banks' weight and how he is developing • How she plans to explain to Banks why he doesn't eat animal products when he's older • What Alana & Jack plan to feed Banks when he starts eating solids • What she thinks of social media and how she handles the attention • What Alana thinks of the Gold coast where her partner Jack is from and will they stay in Hawaii or move to Australia. • and SO much more If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Alana @alanablanchard Simon Hill For agenda free information on plant based nutrition checkout my website plantproof.com

12.01.2018

Creating a conscious plant based family with Ellen Fisher

In Episode 41 I sit down with Ellen Fisher to learn about her journey and the steps she has taken to build a family that is centred around consciousness, abundance, life learning, love & lots of fun. In this conversation we cover: • What Ellen's childhood was like in California • Why she changed her diet • Why her and her high school sweetheart Andrew decided to leave California for Hawaii • What life is like in Maui, Hawaii • How her 3 pregnancies were as well as her breastfeeding experiences • Tips about breastfeeding to improve supply • How she explains to her kids the 'why' behind the decision to not eat animals in their household • Tips about plant based food & children • Supplements her children take • How her kids go about dealing with non-vegan food or junk food in social situations • How her kids are schooled • Attachment parenting • and much much more Resources from this episode: • Ellen's website - her latest E-Book is now available too • The breast feeding blog we spoke about • Some resources for Donor Milk • USA: https://www.hmbana.org • Australia: https://www.mothersmilkbank.com.au • Canada: https://www.milkbankontario.ca • UK: http://www.ukamb.org • New Zealand: http://www.mothersmilknz.org.nz/mother-to-mother-milk-sharing.html • For other countries google or Facebook search "Donor Breast Milk" and your location If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. If you liked this episode please share it on social media and tag myself @plant_proof and Ellen @ellenfisher Simon

11.26.2018
11.22.2018

Preventing heart attacks with Cardiologist Dr Rob Ostfeld

In Episode 39 of the Plant Proof Podcast I sit down with Cardiologist, Dr Rob Ostfeld, to talk about preventative medicine and how he treats his patients to improve their quality of life and promote longevity. If you are wanting to understand more about the types of foods you should be eating and others that you should be avoiding this is the perfect episode. As Dr Ostfeld walks you through the science around cardiovascular disease he offers a tonne of practical information and tips for choosing foods in your own lifestyle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this episode we delve into: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • Where Dr Ostfeld grew up and what life was like including his diet • How he ended up specialising in Cardiology • When and why his own diet changed • His own experience with asthma • What medical training he has completed and how much nutrition her learned at University • How did he become interested in preventative medicine • How he treats his patients clinically • Saturated fat, cholesterol & damaged endothelial cells • What statins do (cholesterol medications) • How a blocked artery is fixed surgically with a stent ("Snow plow" analogy) • His recommendations for foods to eat more of and foods to eat less of and what science supports these recommendations • What supplements (if any) that he recommends to his patients • What happens if you replace animal protein in a diet to plant protein • How much change do his patients have to make to experience significant benefits • What the future of Medicine is looking like in the USA • His favourite places to eat in New York City⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Below are some of the references that were mentioned in this episode: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The American Journal of Medicine 2017 130, 1298-1305. (Nutrition education) Journal of Geriatric Cardiology issue 5, 2017: (There are about ten articles in this special issue regarding a plant based diet) N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1332-1343 (Fruit consumption) JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(10):1453-1463. (The study that replaced 3% animal protein with 3% plant based protein) Circulation. 2015; 132: 1990-1998 (F&V consumption in youth) Diabetes Care 32:791-796, 2009 (Seventh Day Adventist Data) Nat Med. 2013 May;19(5):576-85. N Engl J Med. 2013;368:1575-84. (TMAO) Am J Cardiol. 1997 Feb 1;79(3):350-4. (Blood vessel function) JAMA 1998;280:2001-2007 (Ornish data) J Fam Pract. 2014:63(7) 356-364. (Esselstyn data) Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jul;100 Suppl 1:320S-8S (Provegetarian diet patter in PREDIMED) Diabetes Care 29:1777-1783, 2006 (ADA vs PBD, RCT) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you did and want to share feedback on social media please tag @plant_proof and @drostfeld - I share a lot of the feedback that I get to inspire others to listen to the episode. Alternatively please take 1-2 min to leave a review on the Apple Podcast App. The more reviews the show gets the more discoverable it becomes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you have a friend, colleague or family member who you think could benefit from this information please share the show link - it could just be the spark they need to change some of their lifestyle habits :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hope you enjoy the episode. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Simon For agenda free information on plant based nutrition checkout my website plantproof.com

11.18.2018

Making self love a priority with Mental Health & Vegan advocate Bianca Taylor

In Episode 38 of the Plant Proof podcast I sit down with Bianca Taylor to talk about her journey from a seemingly lost, sad & powerless soul to a vibrant, inspirational & empowering woman taking charge of her life & understanding her purpose. Mental health & helping people understand that it's ok to feel down is something very close to my heart. In this episode we cover: • Bianca's childhood and teenage years and her mental health • What happened when her father was shot outside their home & how this affected her • How a toxic relationship affected her ability to manage her mental health • The deepest of lows where she felt like "what's the point of life" • The moment that may have saved her life and helped her find a path towards working out her purpose and no longer suppressing her negative thoughts • Why Bianca gave up eating animal products and is a proud vegan advocate • Tips for self love and working on your mental health to maintain a positive outlook on life • How Bianca meet her partner Nimai Delgado (Vegan Bodybuilder you may remember from episode 3 of the Plant Proof podcast) • Bianca's business veganfitness.com and what's on the horizon for her in the coming years If you are experiencing any sort of mental health battle I really recommend you reach out to one of the resources below local to you. If you are from a country that's not listed below google search your country name and "helpline" or "suicide hotline" and you will find a local organisation that offers phone support. If you are not sure who to call please ask a friend or family member - it's completely ok not to feel good so please don't feel embarrassed to talk about it. Australia: https://www.lifeline.org.au/ https://livin.org/ New Zealand: https://www.lifeline.org.nz USA: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org https://www.thetrevorproject.org UK/Ireland: https://www.samaritans.org Canada: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/ I also strongly recommend that everyone has a look at the "R U OK" website for helpful tips on how to ask your friends and family members how they are going. As their slogan says "A conversation could change a life". https://www.ruok.org.au/ Hope you enjoy this episode. If you do I would love to hear your feedback either via a share on social media (tag @plant_proof so I can see) or a private message. Simon

11.12.2018

Clearing the confusion around saturated fat, cholesterol, paleo & keto with Dr Michelle McMacken

In Episode 37 I sit down for the second time with Dr Michelle McMacken (previous guest on Episode 2) to talk about where the science lies in terms of eating for longevity. We talk about a plethora of fascinating topics including: • Michelle's project with Bellevue Hospital which is now offering out-patients with chronic disease the option of participating in a plant based food program • Where the science lies in terms of saturated fat & cholesterol and their contributions to disease • The particular type of fat & cholesterol we need to be worried about when it comes to atherosclerosis (narrowing of our arteries) and cardiovascular disease • Sources of healthy fats • The Paleo & Keto diets and where the science sits in terms of these diets being helpful or harmful from a longevity & disease point of view • What Type 2 diabetes is and helpful nutritional information for managing and reversing this disease • and much much more This is an absolute cracker of an episode, one of my favourites so far in terms of breaking down the science, clearing the confusion and helping us all understand what we should be eating more of and what we should be eating less of. Despite the headlines, the science is very clear and in this episode Michelle offers agenda free insight into exactly what it means. Grab a pen and paper...you're going to want to take notes and more than likely listen 2-3 times! To connect with Michelle you can find her on Instagram @veg_md- I strongly suggest following her page as she often posts really helpful information directly from the many lifestyle medicine conferences she attends and speaks at. For extra information from Michelle explaining Cholesterol, LDL-C & HDL-C please read here As always folks I hope you enjoy the episode and find it thought provoking. I definitely did! If you did enjoy it please share your feedback by leaving a review on iTunes or posting on social media and tagging Michelle and Myself (@plant_proof) (I re share a lot of the feedback posted on my own story). Simon Hill For agenda free information on plant based nutrition checkout my website plantproof.com

11.07.2018
11.01.2018

Vegan athlete Rich Roll on turning his life around ands serving others

Episode 35 I sat down with Vegan Dad, author, endurance athlete and podcast host Rich Roll to go through is journey from an unhealthy man in his 20's & 30's who battled with addiction & poor food choices to a man in his 50's that is thriving physically and mentally while living a life of purpose that offers far greater fulfilment. I realise Rich's story is very well documented and going into this conversation I was contemplating whether or not to even delve into it. However, given this is his first time on the Plant Proof podcast, and that we plan to record future episodes together, I thought it was important that those who may not know his story get a chance to hear it. It's easy to forget just how much of a transformation Rich has had so even for those that do already know his story I think you will still benefit greatly by listening to this episode - I know I certainly have! In this episode we cover: 1- Rich's childhood including his passions growing up 2- What is lawyer days were like including drugs and alcohol. 3 - Rich's battle with Alcohol and how this affected his swimming career, legal career and social life. 4- Rich's time in a rehabilitation clinic and what he learned about himself 5 - Rich's transition to a plant based lifestyle and what inspired it 6 - Rich's leap into the world of Ultra Endurance competitive racing including Ultra Man, Epic 5 & Ötillö races. 7 - Typical foods that Rich eats in a day 8- What Rich thinks about climate change 9- The evolution of the Rich Roll podcast including his favourite episodes 10 - and much more Connect with Rich on Instagram @richroll and to find his podcast just search The Rich Roll Show on any podcast app. As always, hope you enjoy the episode. If you do and have time please leave a review on iTunes or share the episode on social media and tag @plant_proof and @richroll so I can repost. Simon For agenda free information on plant based nutrition checkout my website plantproof.com

10.27.2018

Truly connecting with nature and maximising nutrient density & bioavailability with raw food expert Ben Richards

Episode 34 I caught up with Ben Richards, owner of Seeds of Life Cafe in Ubud Bali, to chat about his story and what raw or 'living' foods are all about. It's a 3 hour episode, so a bit of a marathon ep, but full of golden nuggets to get you thinking about life at a deeper level, particularly why we eat what we do. IN THIS EPISODE WE COVER: • Ben's childhood and how he discovered a passion for food and hospitality • Ben's experience with plant medicines including mushrooms and ayahuasca • What 'raw food' means by definition • Is raw food for everyone • What soaking, sprouting and fermentation is • How to soak, sprout and ferment foods • The question that society should be asking in order to get back on track and plug into nature for a truly fulfilling experience on this planet • Resources to learn more about raw foods • Ben's raw food workshops • What durian is (I try it for the first time at the end of this episode) • and much more Some of the resources we spoke about are: • https://theseedsoflifecafe.com • @seedsoflifebali • Ann Wigmore - The Sprouting Book • https://hippocratesinst.org/product-category/sprouting/sprouting-equip • https://hippocratesinst.org/product-category/books/sprouting-wheatgrass • https://hippocratesinst.org/ann-wigmore-founder • https://annwigmore.org/ REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode. Simon Hill For agenda free information on plant based nutrition checkout my website plantproof.com

10.20.2018

Dr Michael Greger on how to avoid heart disease with healthy nutrition

Episode 33 of the Plant Proof podcast I sat down with Dr Michael Greger. Dr Greger is widely regarded as one of the top Lifestyle Medicine Doctors in the world that fully understands the role of nutrition in preventing and reversing many of our leading chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, which was the topic of this episode. The fact that cardiovascular disease causes more deaths in Australia and USA (and many other Western Countries) than any other cause of death, combined with the fact that it can be avoided through dietary changes in most cases, makes this episode and underlying message so incredibly important. We were a bit strapped for time on this episode so we dove straight into the nitty gritty but I do plan to catch up with Dr Greger in person in the not to distant future to sit down and record a longer podcast episode dedicated more to his life journey and a broader look at the state Medicine in the United States and how he would like to see things change going forward. In this episode we discuss: • Why Dr Greger has a passion for lifestyle medicine? • What cardiovascular and coronary artery disease is? • The pathophysiology of heart disease - at a tissue level what is it, when does it start and when does it become symptomatic. • Who is at risk of developing heart disease (Is it selective or not) and just how big of an issue is this chronic disease • How to reduce your chance of developing Heart Disease (or reverse underlying symptoms that already exist) and other chronic illnesses through nutrition, specifically what foods to eat more of and what foods to eat less of • Whats the role of cholesterol lowering drugs like statins (Lipitor) and how do they stack up against dietary changes. • What foods raise cholesterol? • What foods are great at lowering cholesterol? • Ape & Portfolio diets for lowering cholesterol • Advice about cooking oils • Healthy heart sources of fat • Reversing damage to our arteries and how long it takes after making dietary changes • Dr Greger's favourite heart healthy breakfast • and much much more If you know anyone at all who has cardiovascular disease or any chronic illness and you think they would benefit from hearing Dr Michael Greger please share this episode. I have personally gifted a copy of Dr Greger's book on multiple occasions to people in my life that I know can benefit from better understanding the role that nutrition has on their wellbeing. After all, we all want more quality times full of good health with our family and friends...so passing on this information is so important. If you want to connect with Dr Michael Greger you can do so on Instagram @nutrition_facts_org and online at www.nutritionfacts.org. As we discussed Dr Michael Greger's books "How Not To Diet" along with the "How Not To Diet" cook book are absolutely golden for anyone new to plant based eating that wants further information on eating to prevent disease, specific information on various plant based food groups and of course healthy recipes to get you started on your journey. Hope you enjoy the episode plant friends. Simon

10.18.2018

Inventive cooking with Avant Garde Vegan Chef Gaz Oakley

Episode 32 of the Plant Proof podcast I sat down with world-renowned vegan Chef Gaz Oakley to discuss his story and rise to stardom over the past 3 years. Since early 2016 Gaz has taken social media by storm with his avant-garde cooking displays on You tube and Instagram, amassing a combined following of over 700,000 people. Gaz and I crossed over while both traveling through Bali and took some time to get to know one another and record what we envisage will be the first of several podcasts together. This guy has phenomenal talent, a huge future ahead and is as humble and genuine as they come. Folks you're going to absolutely love this episode as Gaz takes us through his journey so far and I'm sure by the end of it, if you haven't already, you will track him down on social media to his delicious cooking with your own eyes. In this episode we discuss: • Gaz's early childhood years • How he developed a passion for cooking • What his interests are outside of cooking • Where he crafted his skills • Why he walked away from the cooking industry at one stage and took up a job in labour and sales • His transition to a plant based diet and what inspired that • How he comes up with the inspiration for his recipes • His growth journey on social media and how he handles the relatively new attention he is getting • Insight into the production requirements for his You Tube videos • His two cook books • A secret collaboration with a huge restaurant...yes he drops the secret on air! • What his plans are for the future • and much more You can connect with Gaz on Instagram @avantgardevegan & You Tube (Avant Garde Vegan). As always if you do enjoy the show and share the episode on social media tag @plant_proof - I love seeing your feedback! And of course if you think any of your friends or family members would enjoy the listen please share the link. Enjoy plant friends! Simon

10.11.2018

From sick & tired to thriving with vegan mother Loni Jane

Episode 31 of the Plant Proof podcast I sat down with vegan mother Loni Jane. Loni Jane is perhaps one of the most well known online vegan influencers having started sharing her journey pretty much as soon as Instagram was launched. In the last 9 years Loni has become symbolic of someone who was in very poor health that adopted a plant based lifestyle and was able to turn their life around both mentally and physically to create a life of love, prospertity, growth and wellness ... a life that is in her control and on her terms as opposed to her previous life where she battled with excessive drinking, low self awareness, poor nutrition and essentially a depleted physical body. Loni and I have been wanting to sit down and record this podcast for a while now and finally we were able to do it in her amazing home in Queensland Australia....we spoke for almost 2 hours but really could of spoken for many more. I hope you enjoy this episode...I think it really sums up Loni well and opitimizes why she has built such a loyal community on line... raw, candid and authentic Loni! Specifically in this episode we cover: • Loni's childhood years • Her battle with deteriorating health and what factors contributed to this • How and why she transitioned to a plant based lifestyle • The difficulties associated with moving away from her previous habits • Her partners support during her pursuit to better her physical and mental self • How she has raised her children so far • Tips during pregnancy from her personal experience including how she worked with her Doctor's • Some high level information on supplements for women, children and during pregnancy from her personal experience • Specific foods her children eat • and much much more (nearly 2 hours of chatting) As always you can find the Plant Proof podcast on pretty much all podcast apps including Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Overcast and also directly on the plantproof.com website for everyone to enjoy absolutely free of charge! If you enjoyed this episode please share it with any friends or family members who may benefit from listening to Loni's story and if you use iTunes and have 1-2 min spare time please leave a review on the show. If you don't use iTunes shoot me a direct message on Instagram @plant_proof with your review and I will share it for the community to see. Hope you enjoy the listen Simon

10.03.2018

Living a life of good vibes with Jack Wilson, Australia's plant powered Ninja Warrior

Episode 30, with Australia's Ninja Warrior pin up boy Jack Wilson, is about mindset, creating good vibes & making life changing decisions. Jack has a very powerful message and is incredibly articulate and humble. His passion for bringing out the best in those around him is very obvious & his positivity is contagious. Everyone who listen's to this one will walk away feeling uplifted & motivated to be a positive example for those around them. In this episode we discuss: • Jack's early years • His Aboriginal heritage and what this means to him • How he left behind a life of partying for a healthier & more fulfilng life • His love for running & the New York City marathon • Being a role model for the Aboriginal communities • His transition to a Plant Based Lifestyle • How he came across Ninja Warrior and the audition process • and much much more You can listen to this episode and all other Plant Proof episodes on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher (and most other podcast apps) and plantproof.com If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. Finally, if you have any feedback for me, or suggestions for future guests please DM me on Instagram @plant_proof Enjoy the listen Plant Friends, Simon

09.28.2018
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The power of mushrooms with Julian Mitchell from Life Cykel

Episode 26 of the Plant Proof podcast is with Julian Mitchell and is all about the nutritive and medicinal properties of mushrooms. Julian is the Co-Founder of Life Cykel, an Australian based private company based in Byron Bay that forages for mushrooms and then grows them under specific conditions before extracting the medicinal components and packaging them as extracts. On top of that Julian and his team have set up the National Mushroom Network which offers everyday people a way to grow commercial amounts of Mushrooms in their backyard to service their local communities, while generating an income at the same time. In this episode we discuss: • Julian's personal path to discovering a passion for sustainable food alternatives • How Life Cykel was founded • What the different types of Medicinal mushrooms are • Benefits of medicinal mushrooms like Lions Mane, Reishi and much more. • and much much more REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. Hope you enjoy the episode. Simon

09.12.2018

How to cultivate happiness with Emily Hazell, Owner of Serotonin Cafe

Episode 25 is all about cultivating happiness with healthy habits from nutrition to mindset and much more. To tackle this topic it was obvious that I needed to invite Emily Hazell, Owner of Serotonin Cafe in Melbourne, onto the to share her story inspiring story. In this episode we cover: • Emily's personal health journey • Emily's early career in customer service and the learnings she was able to take from this time of her life and then eventually use within her own business • What inspired the Serotonin cafe concept • How she chose the name for Serotonin cafe and the design elements utilised to improve the mood of her customers • Using social media to market the cafe & the initial traction the cafe had • How she chose the location for the cafe • Emily's personal tips for finding true happiness including the 12 step Serotonin formula • Emily's typical day of eating • The importance of setting a strong example within the Serotonin cafe with regards to reducing single use plastic • and much much more Connect with Serotonin on Instagram @Serotonindealer or Emily directly @Emilyinwanderlust REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. As always I really hope you enjoy this episode - if you have any feedback flick me a message on social media or to simon@plantproof.com. Simon

09.09.2018

The story behind Plant Based News with Co-Founder Robbie Lockie

Episode 24 is all about Plant Based News with Co-Founder Robbie Lockie. Plant Based News has quickly grown to become one of, if not the, most visited websites on the internet for the latest plant based & vegan news. The entire platform is aimed at making people more conscious with regards to the environment, their health and the other living beings that we share the planet with. Their mission and goals are so well aligned with Plant Proof's that I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to have Robbie on the show to hear just how things have unfolded for him personally and for this amazing media company he founded with his business partner Klaus Mitchell. In this episode we discuss: • Robbie's childhood in Zimbabwe & why he moved to London • Robbie's passion for media • Robbie's transition to a vegan lifestyle • The inspiration & team behind Plant Based News • What the future holds for this company • and much much more REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week. I hope you enjoy the episode. Simon Hill

09.05.2018

Discovering true health for the long term. One mans journey from Keto to Plant Based with Jeremy Butler

At a glance Jeremy Butler is your everyday Aussie bloke who for many years has focussed, with the best of intentions, on being the healthiest version of himself. What's fascinating is that beneath the surface Jeremy has gone through a tremendous amount of trial and error to ultimately discover a dietary lifestyle that aligns with his deepest of inner values. A diet that causes less harm & promotes longevity. He has tried both the paleo and ketogenic diets & while he looked great he isn't afraid to talk about some of the inner health effects that he noticed behind closed doors. For years Jeremy ignored these signs and symptoms because he was so committed to the movement, until he had a shift in priorities. In this episode we cover: • Jeremy's childhood life and diet • A pivotal point in Jeremy's life that made him look at his health more deeply • His journey through various diets including paleo and keto • How he felt on these diets • Why he transitioned to a plant based lifestyle • What it felt like to become more compassionate towards other life • How he encourages healthy eating habits at home with his two children & wife • and much much more REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week.

08.31.2018
08.24.2018

New ‘meat’ innovation that can save the world with Thomas King

Episode 22 with Thomas King, CEO & Founder of Food Frontier, on Cellular and Plant Based Meat alternatives and how they can save the world It's hard to know where to start with Thomas' bio.  At only 22 years of age Thomas is one of the most impressive humans I have come across.  At age 13 he set up the worlds most visited website on unsustainable palm oil and the detrimental environmental affects this industry has.  To this day the Say No To Palm Oil website receives over 500,000 visit per year.  In 2015 Thomas received the Young Australian of the Year award for work as an environmental activist.  Most recently, Thomas has become passionate about alternative meat solutions to help reduce the affect that our current food system is having on the animals & the environment. IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: * How Thomas grew a passion for our environment and taking a role as an activist * The current food system and it's affects on our environment * Thomas' introduction to alternative meat solutions * What Food Frontier is and why he founded it * What Cellular or Clean Meat is * How Cellular Meat is produced * Regulations & governance of Cellular Meat * The future of Cellular Meat * Plant Based Meat alternatives * and much much more PLAY NOW: REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link – together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit ‘subscribe’ or ‘follow’ on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week.   Hope you enjoy the episode,

08.24.2018

James Aspey on the horrors of factory farming & why he gave up meat

Episode 21 with Animal Activist James Aspey on the horrors of factory farming and why he gave up meat. James Aspey is an Australian Animal Activist & Vegan who incredibly took a year long vow of silence to raise awareness for the animal cruelty that takes place within our food system. He has since become one of the worlds most well known, if not the most well known, Animal Activist having given over 500 free speeches across the globe. He lives and breathes this and is well equipped to explain to us how big of an issue the consumption of animal products is and why everyone should at least consider reducing or eliminating such foods from their plate. In this episode we covered: • Where James grew up and the types of foods he ate as a child • His own health journey and in particular a pivotal time of his life that led to him becoming more conscious about his health • His transition to a vegan diet & what sparked this • Why he took a year long vow of silence and what that was like • How James makes money & manages to dedicate his entire life to activism • What is happening behind the closed doors at factory farms • Resources to go away and watch to educate yourself further • Factory farming statistics so we can understand the size of this issue • Solutions to eating less meat, or cutting it out altogether and reducing animal suffering • What Vegan Utopia looks like to him • and much more As James does go into detail about what's happening inside the 'abattoirs' please make sure you listen to this at an appropriate time. Whether that is in the company our your children in the car or at home by yourself I'll leave that in your hands but just a pre warning. REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week.

08.18.2018

Why James Aspey gave up meat and you could too

Episode 21 with Animal Activist James Aspey on why he gave up meat and you could too James Aspey is an Australian Animal Activist & Vegan who incredibly took a year long vow of silence to raise awareness for the animal cruelty that takes place within our food system. He has since become one of the worlds most well know, if not the most well known, Animal Activist having given over 500 free speeches across the globe. He lives and breathes this and is well equipped to explain to us how big of an issue the consumption of animal products is and everyone should at least consider reducing or eliminating such foods from their plate.   In this episode we covered: * Where James grew up and the types of foods he ate as a child * His own health journey and in particular a pivotal time of his life that led to him becoming more conscious about his health * His transition to a vegan diet & what sparked this * Why he took a year long vow of silence and what that was like * How James makes money & manages to dedicate his entire life to activism * What is happening behind the closed doors at factory farms * Resources to go away and watch to educate yourself further * Factory farming statistics so we can understand the size of this issue * Solutions to eating less meat, or cutting it out altogether and reducing animal suffering * What Vegan Utopia looks like to him * and much more LISTEN NOW: REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link – together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit ‘subscribe’ or ‘follow’ on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes each week.

08.18.2018

Osher Gunsberg, Australian celebrity TV host & Vegan, shares his battle with depression & addiction

Episode 20 I sat down with Osher Gunsberg (@osher_gunsberg), celebrity Australian TV host, who shares his story and in particular his battle with mental illness & addiction. You may also know him as Andy G or Andrew G which he previously went by. With the gift of the gab, blonde locks and contagious smile it would seem Osher was always destined to entertain or find his way into the world of television but just how did a kid with anxiety end up hosting live TV in front of millions of viewers? What toll did that take on his mental and physical health and what learnings does he have to share? Well, that's exactly what this episode is all about. Osher came over to my place in Bondi and we had a really open and honest conversation over a Turmeric Latte (haha) about what he went through behind the scenes including some terrible lows as well as some hugely positive learnings and life-changing experiences. The timing of this episode is absolutely perfect with Osher's book 'Back after the Break' launching next week. If you are an Australian and know Osher I think this episode will give you insight into the actual man behind the man the microphone that you have seen on TV for so many years. If you are from overseas, I'm sure you will still find this episode tremendously interesting with many take-home messages. In this episode we cover: • Where Osher grew up & what his childhood was like • What drew him towards a career in Television & radio which ultimately saw him hosting some of the most viewed shows ever in Australia (Australian Idol, The Bachelor) • When alcohol crept into his life & how it became a problem • How he has learned to deal with Mental illness (paranoia, OCD, anxiety etc) • How he has handled alcohol addiction • His battle with weight, why he went vegan & how he ended up on the cover of Men's Health • much much more Oh, I forgot to mention Osher is vegan and has been for essentially over a decade...and he's hugely entertaining, so naturally, so as a good host should I let him do a lot of the talking! Also, Osher kindly had me on his show a little while back - if you haven't listened to that episode you can here.

08.12.2018

Mental illness & addiction with Osher Gunsberg, Australian TV host & celebrity

Episode 20 I sat down with Osher Gunsberg (@osher_gunsberg), celebrity Australian TV host, who shares his story and in particular his battle with mental illness & addiction. You may also know him as Andy G or Andrew G which he previously went by. With the gift of the gab, blonde locks and contagious smile it would seem Osher was always destined to entertain or find his way into the world of television but just how did a kid with anxiety end up hosting live TV in front of millions of viewers? What toll did that take on his mental and physical health and what learnings does he have to share? Well, that's exactly what this episode is all about. Osher came over to my place in Bondi and we had a really open and honest conversation over a Turmeric Latte (haha) about what he went through behind the scenes including some terrible lows as well as some hugely positive learnings and life-changing experiences. The timing of this episode is absolutely perfect with Osher's book 'Back after the Break' launching next week. If you are an Australian and know Osher I think this episode will give you insight into the actual man behind the man the microphone that you have seen on TV for so many years. If you are from overseas, I'm sure you will still find this episode tremendously interesting with many take-home messages. In this episode we cover: * Where Osher grew up & what his childhood was like * What drew him towards a career in Television & radio which ultimately saw him hosting some of the most viewed shows ever in Australia (Australian Idol, The Bachelor) * When alcohol crept into his life & how it became a problem * How he has learned to deal with Mental illness (paranoia, OCD, anxiety etc) * How he has handled alcohol addiction * His battle with weight, why he went vegan & how he ended up on the cover of Men's Health * much much more Oh, I forgot to mention Osher is vegan and has been for essentially over a decade...and he's hugely entertaining, so naturally, so as a good host should I let him do a lot of the talking! Also, Osher kindly had me on his show a little while back - if you haven't listened to that episode you can here. If you listen to this ep and want to grab a copy of 'Back After the Break' to learn more about Osher's story then just head to this page and you will find links to where it can be purchased in hard copy and audio forms. Listen Now: REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link – together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plan...

08.12.2018

Using science to support a healthy diet with Frank Cusimano

Episode 19 of the Plant Proof Podcast with Frank Cusimano is all about using science to make objective & informed food choices. With a host of science degrees under his belt, a PHD in Nutrition and Medical Degree underway, and an absolute passion for reading scientific literature, Frank is perfectly suited to help us navigate through many commonly asked questions about healthy eating and where the science sits. Whats cool, which Frank goes into, is that he doesn't specifically label himself as 'Vegan', rather he just eats a certain way because it is supported by science as the healthiest way, and it just so happens to mean it does not include animal products and is therefore labelled by society as 'vegan'. In this episode we cover: • Frank's story and transition to a plant-based diet • Optimal times to eat meals and should we fast? • BCAA's • How much Protein do we need? • Eating for longevity • Losing weight with Longevity in mind • Keto & Paleo Diets • Is Soy healthy? • Omega 3's - are they important and where can we get them from? Do we need to supplement Omega 3? • An overview of the gut microbiome and the enteric nervous system • Is Coconut Oil beneficial? • Should we cook with oil? • and much much more Regarding Soy you can see post's that both Frank and I have previously done on this topic below: • Can Soy prevent Prostate Cancer? • Is Soy Healthy? • Is Soy Testosterone Lowering? REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends, relatives or colleagues that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

08.08.2018

Empowering Women & Creating Eco Friendly Business With Vegan Health Ambassador Zanna Van Dijk

Episode 18 of the Plant Proof podcast with Zanna Van Dijk (@zannavandijk) is all about leading a conscious life to leave the world in a better place than we found it. Zanna Van Dijk is an extraordinary example of a modern day vegan woman who is leading by example to make everything in this world, including planet earth itself, happier & healthier. As you can see in the episode content below Zanna leads a very busy life and does an amazing job inspiring people through so many different channels. I had a real 'hoot' recording this episode with Zanna in Wimbledon. She is absolutely hilarious - there are many themes throughout this light-hearted conversation which I hope provoke further thought by all who listen. I know I walked away from this conversation reviewing many aspects of my life - and yes I watched A Plastic Ocean! In this episode we discuss: Where Zanna grew up in the UK and her diet as a kid Her time at University studying Speech Pathology and when/why she started her Instagram Her Role as Ambassador for Adidas The Girl Gains movement and the Fit & Fearless podcast on BBC which Zanna co-hosts Her passion for reducing single-use plastic and waste that ends up in the ocean affecting the marine environment. Her swimwear brand Stay Wild which is made from recycled ocean plastic. Her transition to a vegan diet Her typical workout routine/ways to stay fit and much much more Listen Now: REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly. If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' or 'follow' on Spotify so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

08.03.2018

Building A Healthy Gut With Dr Will Bulsiewicz

Episode 17 of the Plant Proof podcast with The Gut Health MD also known as Dr B or Dr William Bulsiewicz is all about how to cultivate a healthy gut microbiome and what this actually means. Dr B, as he prefers to be called, has a fun and agenda-free way of bringing the latest in gut health science to his clinical practice, website and social media (@theguthealthmd) for us all to benefit from.  Dr B's resume speaks for itself - here is just a short list of some of the things he has already achieved in his career: Qualified MD, a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine Board-certified in internal medicine and Gastroenterology Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University At UNC he received the highest clinical award and was Chief Gastroenterology Fellow He has published more than 20 scientific articles and given more than 40 presentations at national meetings On top of this Dr B continues to practice clinically.   IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSSED: What Microbiome is What Dysbiosis is What can lead to poor microbiome What Pre & Probiotics are The Role of Pre & Probiotics How to cultivate healthy microbiome on a plant-based diet with lots of practical information to implement in your own lifestyle PLAY NOW: REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently, the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly (this page). In the near future, it will also be made available on Spotify.  If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe'so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

07.25.2018

Running For The Animals With Vegan Marathon Runner Fiona Oakes

Episode 16 of the Plant Proof Podcast with Vegan Marathon Runner Fiona Oakes talking about her path to becoming a marathon runner who holds 3 world records Fiona Oakes is a British Marathon runner who holds three world records despite losing her knee cap (patella) to an illness when she was 17.  The really fascinating thing about Fiona's story for me is not that she has holds these records but that among a non vegetarian family she personally chose to eat a vegetarian diet at age 3 and a completely vegan diet by age 6 due to her undeniable love for all animals.  After school Fiona held an office job in London before eventually starting an animal sanctuary in Essex which still exists today and provides a loving home to over 400 animals.  Between marathon running and the sanctuary Fiona puts every last bit of her energy into raising awareness for animal cruelty and showing the world that veganism is not only a compassionate way to live but a healthy way which can fuel you to achieve amazing athletic performance beyond your wildest dreams. In this episode we cover: Why Fiona made a conscious decision at such an early age to not eat animals Fiona's struggles with her knee in her teenage years How Fiona was 'different' to many of her peers growing up Her early career in London and how the animal sanctuary came to life Her typical routine at the animal sanctuary and how she trains for marathons Whether she actually loves running or simply runs for the animals What Fiona eats and much much more Connect with Fiona: @oakes.fiona on Instagram  Play now:   REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly (this page). In the near future it will also be made available on Spotify .  If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

07.19.2018

Choosing Compassion With Vegan Chef Derek Sarno

Episode 15 of the Plant Proof Podcast with Vegan Chef Derek Sarno talking about his journey to choosing a life of compassion Derek Sarno is one of the world's most well known Vegan Chef's.  Derek is one half of the Wicked Healthy team and heads up plant based product innovation for British grocery giant Tesco.  While visiting London I caught up with Derek at his place and saw first hand how much love and energy he puts into the food that he creates - just take one look at his instagram and you will see what I mean!  This guy is seriously creative, seriously compassionate and seriously switched on when it comes to changing the landscape of healthy grocery food.   In this episode we chat about: Derek's earlier years and diet as a child How Derek became a chef and how his career has progressed Why Derek turned to substance abuse during a time of immense grieving How Derek ended up spending time at a Buddhist Monastery and the positive impact this had on his life His transition to a vegan diet and the inspiration behind this How Derek handles the highs and lows that life has thrown at him Derek's role at Tesco & what he is up to today and much much more Connect with Derek, his brother and Wicked Healthy: @DerekSarno @ChadSarno @Wickedhealthy Wicked Healthy Website Play now:   REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly (this page). In the near future it will also be made available on Spotify .  If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

07.12.2018

What's On Your Plate With Animal Activist & Vegan Matt Cama

Episode 14 of the Plant Proof podcast with Matt Cama talking about his story & what's on your plate Matt Cama is an Animal Activist and Weight Loss Coach from Australia who I recently caught up with in Bali to shed some light on what's happening in factory farms and in particular what he has witnessed personally. The cool thing about Matt is he's not your typical old school animal activist in that he's not approaching things with anger or aggression. He has a motto to live with "compassion above all else" and uses this to effectively communicate his message to people from all walks of life including those who have different opinions & belief systems. In this episode we chat about: Where Matt grew up and why he was inspired to change to a vegan diet? Why he has moved to Bali & how he's finding it Why he is an animal activist How he communicates to effectively spread his message What he has seen first hand at factory farms His tips for young parents and educating children on where animal products come from What he see's as the future and much much more Connect with Matt on Instagram. Play now: REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly (this page). In the near future it will also be made available on Spotify . If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit 'subscribe' so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

07.08.2018

What’s on your plate with Animal Activist Matt Cama

Episode 14 of the Plant Proof podcast with Matt Cama talking about his story & what's on your plate Matt Cama is an Animal Activist and Weight Loss Coach from Australia who I recently caught up with in Bali to shed some light on what's happening in factory farms and in particular what he has witness personally.  The cool thing about Matt is he's not your typical animal activist in that he's not approaching things with anger or aggression.  He has a motto to live with "compassion above all else" and uses this to effectively communicate his message to people from all walks of life including those who have different opinions & belief systems.   In this episode we chat about: Where Matt grew up and why he was inspired to change to a vegan diet? Why he has moved to Bali & how he's finding it Why he is an animal activist How he communicates to effectively spread his message What he has seen first hand at factory farms His tips for young parents and educating children on where animal products come from What he see's as the future and much much more Connect with Matt on Instagram. Play now:   REVIEW/SHARE: If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Plant Proof podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Plant Proof episodes please share the link - together we can make this world a healthier place. WHERE TO LISTEN TO THE PLANT PROOF PODCAST? Currently the Plant Proof podcast can be listened to on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud or on the Plantproof.com directly (this page). In the near future it will also be made available on Spotify .  If you listen on iTunes be sure to hit ‘subscribe’ so you are instantly notified when I release new episodes.

07.08.2018
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